Olympic boxing: Wladimir Klitschko wants changes to ensure Tokyo 2020 participation

Boxing was first included in the Olympics in 1904, but was not part of the 1912 Games in Stockholm because Swedish law banned the sport at the time Ex-world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has called for changes to how boxing is organised at the Olympic Games, to protect the sport’s future. Boxing has been included…

Olympic Games: Why cities are snubbing the ‘greatest show on Earth’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Demonstrators protest against Chicago’s bid to host the 2016 Olympics It has long been billed as the greatest show on Earth. Both the summer and winter versions of the Olympic Games are multi-billion dollar spectacles that bring together the world’s top athletes and draw masses of media coverage. So…

Hannah Rankin ready to face Olympic champion Claressa Shields in Kansas

Hannah Rankin has won five of her seven professional fights WBC world title fight: Claressa Shields v Hannah Rankin Venue: Kansas Star Arena, Kansas Date: Saturday, 17 November “When you go out to play the bassoon, no-one is going to be punching you in the face.” Scottish boxer Hannah Rankin is a classically-trained musician, more…

Louis Smith: Olympic silver medallist retires from gymnastics aged 29

Archive: Louis Smith wins European Gymnastics Championship gold Two-time Olympic silver medallist Louis Smith has retired from gymnastics. The 29-year-old represented Great Britain at three Olympic Games, also winning two bronze medals between 2008 and 2016. He won three World Championship silver medals, two European golds and the 2006 Commonwealth Games pommel horse title. “I…

Esports industry eyes a move away from violent games to become an Olympic event

Competitive gaming, or esports, has just completed its first step towards becoming an official Olympic sport. Estimated to be worth close to $1 billion a year, the esports industry staged a demonstration event at the recent Asian Games in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang. However, for esports to find a credible place within…